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I want to remove a false diagnosis of bipolar?

I want to remove a false diagnosis of bipolar?

New Evaluation: If you are concerned about the accuracy of a past diagnosis the best thing to do would be to seek out a second opinion or new evaluation from a mental health professional. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14 years will that make my bipolar worst?

Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14 years will that make my bipolar worst?

Not necessarily: It all depends upon what kinds of tumors, what size, and which locations. Since bipolar doesn't come from "one spot" in the brain, you're most likely to be ok. ...Read more

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Could I get advice for recent bipolar diagnosis.?

Could I get advice for recent bipolar diagnosis.?

Yes: Have you sat down with your doctor who made the diagnosis? That will be a good starting point in terms of getting useful advice, because you will need to work very closely with your doctor to manage the disease over a long period of time. This is a chronic disease that needs to be treated through prevention of relapse. Good luck! ...Read more

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Question about people with a diagnosis of bipolar. Are the 2 phases 2 semi-separate personalities?

Question about people with a diagnosis of bipolar. Are the 2 phases 2 semi-separate personalities?

No: The two phases are due to abnormalities is separate brain structures. There is no personality "separation." it can look that way because the mood changes are often unpredictable and quite different. ...Read more

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I've been told I might have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes. I already have EUPD diagnosis. Is it possible to have both?

I've been told I might have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes. I already have EUPD diagnosis. Is it possible to have both?

Psychiatric diagnose: I suspect you are referring to Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder [EUPD]. I use the term borderline personality disorder instead of EUPD. The answer is yes, you can have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. ...Read more

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Have a fruend with bipolar, took herself off meds and seems to be doing well. Wondering if I can do the same? Nearly same diagnosis & am sick of meds!

Have a fruend with bipolar, took herself off meds and seems to be doing well. Wondering if I can do the same? Nearly same diagnosis & am sick of meds!

Be careful....: Yes, you're sick of taking meds, and yeah, you've seen your friends go off of meds successfully (for how long?)....But...Everyone is different! Please talk to your md before making any changes in your meds....You want to do well, don't you? The last thing you need is to go off your meds and have everything fall apart and have to start from scratch again.... ...Read more

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Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic: Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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Can you confirm a bipolar diagnosis with an imaging procedure, like a (spect) or (meg) scan?

Can you confirm a bipolar diagnosis with an imaging procedure, like a (spect) or (meg) scan?

No: Many studies are ongoing with respect to the functional imaging techniques of SPECT, MEG, PET, and fMRI, in order to better understand psychiatric condition such as bipolar disorder. However, to date ruling in (or out) such diagnoses is not possible on the basis of any form of imaging study. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for a young person?

What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for a young person?

Better prognosis: Early intervention prevention of many factors early treatment genetic marker recognition prevention of all the factors and avoid those sleep regulation destigmatising mental health educating themselves as they do on cell phone on their 2 pound computer called brain and treating it early so they won't mess with drugs alcohal and will be wow generation wise outstanding wizard and take brain serious. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

Bipolar: Like any chronic illness, whether physiological or psychological, maintenance therapy to prevent recurrences and relapses is vital for optimal functioning. ...Read more

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For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

There may be: Psychotic symptoms that are occurring in the absence of a mood disorder episode (not depressed or manic). ...Read more

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I want to know what neurological analysis is necessary for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

None usually: Bipolar disorder is a clinical diagnosis, meaning there is no purely objective test or analysis used in diagnosis. On the other hand, an astute psychiatrist will always be vigilant for the potential of bipolar disorder symptoms being caused by a medical disorder such as hyperthyroidism, focal brain lesions (rare), certain medications like weight-loss medications, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any tests or research studies to help with a diagnosis of childhood bipolar in 5 yr old? Where could I go near terre haute, in?

Are there any tests or research studies to help with a diagnosis of childhood bipolar in 5 yr old? Where could I go near terre haute, in?

HARSHA: Harsha behavioral center is located right in terre haute and has excellent child and adolescent psychiatry. Phone number is 812-298-8888. Good luck - I have sent patients there and they do a great job. ...Read more

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How long can a manic episode last with a diagnosis of bipolar 1?

How long can a manic episode last with a diagnosis of bipolar 1?

Often Too Long: In bipolar disorder type i, a true manic episode can last from days to weeks to months in some patients. Mania can be divided into three phases. First phase: the patient shows increased energy and feels productive. Second phase: decreased need for sleep, impulsive behaviors ie spending money. Third phase: racing thoughts, grandiose delusions, and evidence of psychosis. Mania can be devastating. ...Read more

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What could happen if a person who is most likely bipolar receives a depression diagnosis and is given meds for depression?

Use mood stabilizer: It is a significant risk to take onle antidepressant medication for bipolar patients, even in a depressed phase. You will run a risk of manic or mixed episode. Talk to the doctor to add mood stabilizer or Lamictal immediately. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosis with bipolar, not sure its correct dx. I feel like I can control my swings. Happened to me once being suspicious of everybody. Can I stop seroquel (quetiapine)?

Not so fast: Asking doctors on the internet who don't know you, is very different from talking with your own psychiatrist who has treated you. Also feeling like you can "control" your mood swings may be very different from what others who know you, perceive. I suggest not changing your medications until discussing in detail with your psychiatrist. Ask for his/her observations of you; ask your family too. ...Read more

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Y bipolar diagnosis change w ea doctor? NOS 2002. BP1 mixed w psychosis inpaitent06. Eval CYCLO 2010. BP2/RO bipolar1 mixed inpaitent2014. Which am I?

Y bipolar diagnosis change w ea doctor? NOS 2002. BP1 mixed w psychosis inpaitent06. Eval CYCLO 2010. BP2/RO bipolar1 mixed inpaitent2014. Which am I?

Bipolar Spectrum Dx: I can't tell you your accurate diagnosis. The diagnoses are all bipolar spectrum. Usually when there is this spread in diagnoses it can mean 1 of 2 things. 1. The more serious diagnoses become evident with subsequent visits due to ^ in symptoms or 2. The different providers are not conversing & the patient is a poor historian. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there other possible meds for a person with new diagnosis of bipolar, that is already sensitive to antidepressants & benzo meds?

Yes: There are different types of Bipolar Disorder. Some medications are more effective on one type than another. I would suggest you discuss this with the person who made the diagnosis. If they cannot prescribe they can refer you to someone who can. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed as bipolar, then3 years later have different symptoms new diagnosis is major depressive disorder no mania present?

Is it possible to be diagnosed as bipolar, then3 years later have different symptoms new diagnosis is major depressive disorder no mania present?

Unlikely: Either the original diagnosis was wrong or the new one. By definition bipolar includes hypomania or mania. Decreased need for sleep, impulsive behavior, expansive mood, or even irritability are manic type symptoms. There are also mixed episodes in bipolar. Mdd is only depression. ...Read more

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My pdoc changed my diagnosis from bipolar type 2 to recurrent depression w/anxiety. What's the diffence? Still on all the same meds? I don't get it?

My pdoc changed my diagnosis from bipolar type 2 to recurrent depression w/anxiety. What's the diffence? Still on all the same meds? I don't get it?

Recurrent depression: Means repeated episodes of unipolar disorder. Bipolar Depression means that there are episodes of depression as well as episodes with elevated mood and energy level. See you are taking valproic acid - that would be appropriate for either recurrent depression or for bipolar depresion. However, antidepressants can sometimes cause problems when treating bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Can I get advice? I've got a diagnosis of bipolar with psychosis and borderline personality?

Can I get advice? I've got a diagnosis of bipolar with psychosis and borderline personality?

A trusted therapist: Your diagnoses will probably mean many, many years of treatment and they will be much more enjoyable and successful if you develop a long-term trusting relationship with a therapist. This will be more than a source for pills - that may be part of it or in addition to it. But the benefits of understanding will become clear as you digest them. I promise. ...Read more

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I have a diagnosis of depression, almost all the time I'm sad, but sometimes I suddenly accelerated and starts with euphoria (short time). Bipolar?

Maybe, maybe not: Glad to see you asking this question. Your best bet would be to establish a treatment relationship with a psychiatrist would could carefully (hopefully anyway) assess your history and presentation prior to diagnosis. Most importantly, observation over time adds to diagnostic accuracy for Bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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I have a bipolar diagnosis, lamictal helps. I have the textbook behaviors. But how do I know for certain? What might be the sure signs for a doctor?

I have a bipolar diagnosis, lamictal helps. I have the textbook behaviors. But how do I know for certain? What might be the sure signs for a doctor?

Rely on your doctor: Your doctor will be able to thoroughly diagnose your condition or refer you to a mental health specialist who can carefully assess your symptoms. There are a number of different conditions to be ruled out as well as multiple mood/bipolar diagnoses to be considered. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more